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Two months ago, I celebrated my 27th birthday.

I’d been living in Canada for the past few months with my boyfriend, and it was the perfect day.

I woke up to coffee in bed, had pancakes for breakfast, watched a movie (The Green Mile), celebrated at The Keg and had a surprise meet up with some of our friends at an Irish bar. Also, Alex got me tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert, which was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. (Ed’s an amazing performer, and if you ever get the chance to go, you should.)

It was so nice and beautiful and above all, I just remember being so… happy and content with life.

Compared to the year before and even the one before that, it’s kind of funny observing how much difference each year makes.

2016

In 2016, I was still young and naïve and trusting. I wanted to spread my wings and fly as far as I could, and I took my chances at every opportunity that came by. I also gave my heart into the wrong hands, and it made for a very bad year in 2017.

2017

When I left for China in 2017, it was a chance to get as far away from my problems and start anew. To start a new life in a strange new place, with people who wouldn’t be able to take one glance at me and see my raw wounds laid bare.

In China, I made new friends, learned whom I could lean on (or not), worked at my wounds and tried as best as I could to become human again.

It took a while, but I patched myself back together and finally got to where I am. And I wrote down the lessons I learnt. Maybe I’ll get round to posting those one day, but for now, this will do.

2018

What I do know is that I am grateful, and thankful to be where I am now in my life. I live a blessed life with a wonderful partner and family and friends. I’m filled with purpose and excitement for the future.

And I know that only more good things will come in the days to come.

Until next week, amigo.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Wallace D W